Prawn tacos with chipotle sauce and cucumber slaw
25th November 2011

Prawn tacos with chipotle sauce and cucumber slaw

By Emma Photography by Emma
 

I find the older I get the more attention I pay to my surroundings.  I begin to note things like weather patterns and the way they shift and change with the seasons.  I take subconscious note of the time of year which the spring bulbs push their wee heads through the frigid earth marking the beginning of new life. I begin to wonder things such as whether or not the month of November is a typically windy one, or if August is typically the wettest.  From where this curiosity has sprung I am unsure but most recently it has me thinking about when in the year life moves from inside to out.  Was it last November I dug the picnic set out from the back of the cupboard or was it in fact December?

Either way, this recipe is a belly full of summer.  So whether or not you fish the picnic set out this month or next make sure that this dish is on the menu.  The fresh flavours and the bright colours will bring a touch of summer to any outdoor meal.

Ingredients

Serves 6
  • Chipotle Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 large red onion, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 1-2 red chillies, finely sliced
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tins tomatoes
  • ½ cup water
  • 5 tbsp cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
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  • 36 prawns
  • --
  • 12 soft shell tacos
  • Avocado Salsa
  • 2 Avocados
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Good handful coriander, leaves picked from stalks
  • S&P
  • Cucumber Slaw
  • 1 cucumber, deseeded and julienned
  • 2 big yellow chillies, deseeded and julienned
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 baby cos leaves, finely shredded
  • Bunch coriander, roughly chopped
  • Dressing
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 3 limes, juiced, plus zest of one
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Mexican beer
  • 1 heaped tsp honey
  • S&P
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  • Lime wedges to serve

Method

  • Chipotle sauce
  • 1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and add the garlic, red onion and chillies, sauté until soft and translucent.
  • 2. Add the cumin and paprika and cook for a minute for adding the tomatoes, water, vinegar, salt and sugar.
  • 3. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for half an hour or until the sauce starts to thicken and turn silky. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • Avocado Salsa
  • 1. Chop the avocados into 1cm cubes and mix with the lime juice and coriander leaves and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cucumber Slaw
  • 1. Combine the cucumber, chilli, red onion, baby cos and coriander leaves in a bowl and mix well.
  • 2. In a jar combine the remaining ingredients to make the dressing. Shake well and pour over the vegetables.
  • To Assemble
  • 1. Heat the tacos in an oven or microwave.
  • 2. Put a small amount of olive oil into a frying pan and quickly cook the prawns (or if they are pre-cooked just heat them through). Add the chipotle sauce and cook for about a minute.
  • 3. Onto each taco put some slaw, prawns and chipotle sauce and avocado salsa and serve with wedges of lime.
 

COMMENTS

  1. Jimmy

    Great tiles.

  2. Alisha

    These look as good as the ones I got addicted to on the Mehican border last year – minus the red checked plastic table cloth, $1 price tag and ice cold, salt-rimmed margarita! Am forwarding this to the powers that be for addition to the Christmas Day Cocktail Hour menu!

  3. Alessandra

    Even if I don’t eat fish I like the photos here, love the pattern of those tiles :-)

    Have a good weekend

    ciao
    A.
    http://alessandrazecchini.blogspot.com/

  4. Emma

    Hi Alessandra,
    Thank you for your lovely comment! I found those tiles the other day and was so excited to use them for this shoot!
    I hope you had a lovely weekend,
    Emma

  5. Emma

    Alisha!
    Really – they look like the real thing?! That is awesome! I love how few ingredients they require, yet how amazingly fresh and tasty they are! They would go down pretty damn well with one of those salt-rimmed margaritas at Christmas! Perhaps I should add them to our menu too!
    Have a lovely week,
    Emma

  6. Emma

    Thanks Jimmy! Great comment!

  7. Alisha

    Absolutely. Nothing beats proper, fresh Mexican. I feel like Mexican has been ruined down here with the cheesy, greasy Tex Mex of nachos and burritos – proper Mexican is so fresh and delicious.

    My mum made these on the weekend and said they were excellent. Definitely on the Christmas menu!

  8. Emma

    Hey!
    Great to hear that your mum made them and thought they were excellent – it is always good getting feedback on the recipes we write! Wooohhhhhoooooo!!!
    Emma

  9. Vanessa Opera

    I love the use of the tiles – they work really well!
    Great pics too.

    Vanessa (from the food bloggers conference!)

  10. Emma

    Hi Vanessa,

    Lovely meeting you at the food bloggers conference! I hope you all enjoyed the rest of your day.
    Thanks for your comment on the tacos – they were a lot of fun to shoot, and even more fun to eat afterwards!

    I hope all is well with you and Ingrid.
    Happy cooking!
    Emma

 

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